Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney Blog Page Image One of the most difficult things you, as a defendant, will have to go through when you’ve been arrested is building your Rhode Island criminal defense. And, perhaps you have a right to be concerned: the prosecutor assigned to your case is going to do anything within his/her power to convict you of whatever crime you’re being accused of. But at the law office of Chad Bank, Esq., we understand the importance of hiring a good Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer, and we are pleased to work with you to help you mount that defense.

Why is hiring a good Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer important?

In 2009, Sarah Ribstein wrote a dissertation about the costs of criminal defense in general – which can be applied to Rhode Island criminal defense in particular – and how expensive it can be to keep yourself out of jail.

There are a few reasons, per Ribstein, why this is so:

  1. The nature of the criminal justice system: The criminal justice system in America doesn’t work overnight. When you are arrested for a crime, you have 72 hours to get arraigned for that crime, but it can take nine months – or even a year – before your case goes to trial. This gives you time to hire a great Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer.
  2. The burden of proof: One of the things to understand about any criminal charge is that the burden of proof lies, not on you as the defendant, but on the prosecutor. What this means is, the prosecutor must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did, in fact, commit the crime. If s/he cannot do so, you must – under the statute of law – be found not guilty of the crime. However, the actual trial process – that is to say, what happens in a court of law once you go before the judge – can take a while, as well. The good news is, this also means that you have time to hire a strong Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer.

In short, and in summary, while it can seem expensive to hire a good Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer, it’s even more expensive to not do so. Failure to mount a good criminal defense can lead to losing your money, your license, and even your freedom! That’s why the law offices of Chad Bank, Esq., is here to help you. For more than a decade, Chad Bank, Esq., has been helping Rhode Island residents defend themselves in a court of law. He’s also pleased to offer a free, no obligation consultation to all his potential clients, so we can discuss the details of your case. Contact Chad Bank, Esq., today, and let’s work together to mount a flawless Rhode Island criminal defense!